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How and what to watch for Utah State vs. Nevada

This week’s Thursday night slate starts with some Mountain West Conference action.

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Thursday night’s college football slate will get started with the Utah State Aggies traveling to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Utah State will head into the game in search of its first victory of the season after an 0-2 start in which the Aggies were not all that competitive. Losing to Boise State 42-13 on the road in the season opener, they followed it with a 38-7 home loss to San Diego State on Saturday. USU was outscored 28-0 in the second half and struggled to do much of anything on offense, and were outgained 570-215 in yardage.

On the other side, Nevada comes in with a 2-0 record and looks to remain in the hunt for the MWC Championship Game. The Wolf Pack never trailed and beat UNLV 37-19 on the road Saturday for the Fremont Cannon. Carson Strong had a fantastic game through the air, completing 21 of 27 passes for 350 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Romeo Doubs caught six of those passes for 211 yards with a touchdown, and Toa Taua led Nevada on the ground with 86 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.

Utah State won this game in 2019 by a score of 36-10 at home.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Utah State vs. Nevada on Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can stream it via the FOX Sports Live app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Nevada -16.5
Point Total: 56.5
Money line: Utah State +525, Nevada -770

  • Utah State is 1-4 against the spread in its last five games.
  • The point total went over in four of Utah State’s last five games.
  • Nevada is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games.
  • The total went under in six of Nevada’s last nine games.

Betting splits

Utah State: (24% of handle, 35% percent of bets)
Nevada: (76% of handle, 65% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

This appears to be a situation where we’re seeing two programs going in opposite directions. Utah State was a big disappointment in last year’s return of Gary Andersen to the sidelines, and getting outscored 80-20 in two games doesn’t exactly bring too much confidence early in the season. Let’s go with the home team on the short week.

Pick: Nevada -16.5

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